Dueser’s efforts helped the program surpass its initial fundraising goal in only nine months.
When you think of excellence in banking and Texas Tech University, one name immediately comes to mind: F. Scott Dueser. Today (Oct. 16), the Texas Tech University System’s Board of Regents formalized that relationship, renaming the Excellence in Banking Program Director
Endowment as the F. Scott Dueser Chair for Excellence in Banking.
In May 2019, anonymous donors established the Excellence in Banking Program Director
Endowment within the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business as a way to recruit a high-caliber individual with extensive banking experience to
serve as director for the Excellence in Banking program. The gift will support, to the fullest extent possible, the director’s salary.
In September, the donors endorsed naming the endowment in Dueser’s honor because of
his dedication and vision to raising financial support for the Excellence in Banking
program. This program will ensure Texas Tech teaches best practices and West Texas
community values to the next generation of bankers. Dueser’s tireless efforts helped
the program surpass its goal, raising more than $11 million in just nine months.
“The Rawls College is honored that F. Scott Dueser’s name is now permanently associated
with the college and the Excellence in Banking program,” said Margaret L. Williams, dean of the Rawls College of Business. “Scott pushed us to establish this program
to provide a robust pipeline of talent to the banking industry, and he has put all
of his support behind it. Working together, we expect this to become the premier banking
program in the country; we know Scott will settle for nothing less.”
Dueser serves as chairman, president and CEO of First Financial Bankshares Inc. He
received his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Texas Tech in 1975, then graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of
Banking at Southern Methodist University in 1981. Dueser was named a Distinguished
Alumnus by the Rawls College of Business in 2006 and the Texas Tech Alumni Association in 2019.
He has served in various leadership capacities throughout the Texas Tech University
System, including four years as a member of the Board of Regents and one year as board
chairman. Dueser currently serves on the boards of the Texas Tech Alumni Association
and the Texas Tech Free Market Institute and previously served on the board of the Texas Tech Foundation.
Dueser also is active in the banking community and his local community of Abilene.
He serves on the board of the American Bankers Association Foundation and is chairman
of the Board of the United Way of Abilene Foundation. He previously served as chairman
of the Texas Bankers Association and its BankPac, United Way of Abilene, the Cisco
College Advisory Board and Day Nursery of Abilene. He has previously served on boards
of the American Bankers Association, Abilene Industrial Foundation, Ben Richey Boys
Ranch Foundation and the Cisco College Advisory Board.